WSU Cornerstone Society
In 2012, the WSU Foundation recognized its final Cornerstone inductees. It is with our profound gratitude that we honor all cornerstone society members whose generosity paved the way for future success.
The Winona State University Foundation created a cumulative giving society called Cornerstone. This society provides a lasting tribute to donors whose philanthropy allows the Foundation to support Winona State University’s academic mission. The Cornerstone Society honor roll occupies a prominent place in the main corridor of Somsen Hall and recognizes benefactors who have made cumulative gifts of $20,000 or more to the WSU Foundation.
Aspen Capital Company, INC
Loren & Deb Benz
Professors Vivian Fusillo & George Bolon
William "Chops" & Diana Hancock
Richard & Moonyeen Holle
Lorena W. Jacobson
Steve & Candi Kohner
Lee & Ione Loerch
Wally & Joan Madland
Dr. Thomas E. & Leone J. Mauszycki
Modern Ready Mix
Patricia & Gerald Neal
Gerry & Patricia Neal established The Charles F. and Mary Jane Neal Scholarship as a permanently endowed fund in the Winona State University Foundation in honor of Gerry's parents. He says his parents always put their family first and while they didn't have the opportunity to graduate from college, they will always insisted that their four boys would have a college education and their own personal success. Gerry says they give back to WSU because, "we value education and know not all families are able to make the sacrifices our parents did to enable us to complete our college degrees."
Geraldine "Gerry" Ryberg
Born on October 3, 1925, Gerry was an athlete, a teacher, a coach, a licensed pilot , a true and loyal friend, and a leader. Even up to her senior year in high school Gerry did not think a college education was within her reach and then was asked to apply for scholarship to Winona Teacher's College. Four years later, she graduated with honors from Winona State Teacher's College with majors in physical education and English. In 1950 Gerry began a teaching assistantship at the University of Colorado Boulder where she earned a master's degree. Her teaching career took her to the University of Utah, then to the University of Minnesota, Duluth and in 1958 back to Colorado for a full-time teaching position at the University of Colorado at Boulder. After a voluntary leave to travel in Europe during the 1960-1961 school years, Gerry Accepted an offer to teach at New Trier High School in Winnetka, Illinois. Gerry passed away on July 10,2008 at the age of 82.
Connie Mettille & Tom Sawyer
Michael W. & Linda Spiten
Linda graduated in 1978 from Winona State University with her B.S. in Medical Technology. With more than 30 years of experience in the laboratory setting, she works as an operations administrator at Mayo Clinic in developing an outreach program from a hospital laboratory. Her husband, Michael W. Spiten, is a dentist in Kasson, MN and states, "what is good from Winona State University is also good from Winona as a community. Winona was our home as we grew up and we plan to make it our permanent residence in the near future."
Rosewayne M. Thiele
Rosewayne M. Thiele was born April 29, 1921, in Houston, MN. She graduated from Houston High School and Winona State Teacher's College with continuing education at U.C.L.A. her teaching career spanned 37 years, seven of which were in Michigan and the remainder in Culver City, C.A. on June 22, 1949, she married Raph Lindsay of who preceded her in death. Rosewayne retired from teaching in June of 1979 where upon she returned to her family home in Houston. On Oct. 27,1980, she married Ben Thiele of Eitzen, MN. Until his death on Dec. 10, 1990, they maintained seasonal residences in Eitzen and Los Angeles. Rosewayne passed away on Jan. 14, 2011 and was 89 years old.
The Family of Judy Whetstone
Judith "Judy" J. Whetstone was a Winona Native and married Gerald "Jerry" Whetstone on July 27, 1957. She Taught for 28 years at Central Elementary School teaching 1st grade and retiring in 2002. she has a zest for life and enjoyed playing tennis, biking, attending her flowers as well going to her beach house in Florida and playing as much tennis as possible. Judy was a pioneer from the grandparent Program, affiliated with pen pals program, and always kept in touch with her students throughout their lives. She was very gracious and giving towards others which is why her family continues to give in her memory. her family says, "as a teacher, Judy significantly touched the lives and had so much to share with so many. We hope our gift is a legacy that fosters the love of learning."
Soo Young Yang
Soo Young has her bachelor's degree from Korea. She chose to come to WSU because her fiance at the time was attending college in Wisconsin and Winona was located between the Twin Cities and her finance's college. When she came to WSU, Soo Young has no money and is grateful for the scholarships she received. Soo Young has enormous pride and gratitude for her professors and for WSU and credits them with helping her to get to where she is today. "WSU has done so much for me; all of the good things i have today would not be possible without Winona State." She went on to earn her PhD in Biochemistry from New York University in 1981.